A few months ago, I spent some time doing volunteer work in Kenya through the volunteer agency International Volunteer HQ. I stayed with a Kenyan family and volunteered at an orphanage, Internally Displaced Persons camps, and with the Masai (warrior tribes in Kenya). It was an extremely moving experience. Read more.

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    Butterscotch-Chip Blondies

    Filed under :blondies, brownies, butterscotch chips, Desserts, walnuts
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    Unfortunately these were all snatched up before I could take a picture- yes, they are *that* good.   Next time I’ll hide one- more for me later.

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    Welcome to Thailand/ Travel Trail Mix

    Filed under :Almonds, cranberries, dried apricots, filberts, muay thai, nuts, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, raisins, Saenchai, Sinbi, sunflower seeds, Thailand, walnuts
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    Welcome to the mystical Kingdom of Thailand.  After 26 hours in transit, I have arrived at Sinbi Muay Thai camp in Phuket.

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    Toronto Bakes for Japan

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    Thank you so much Heena of Tiffin Tales and Niya of Destiny, Domesticity and Dirty Secrets, who organized the fabulous Toronto Bakes for Japan Bake Sale.  As Japan was hit with several disasters in a row, Heena determined to help in any way she could.  In answer to why we should have this bake sale, she eloquently and succintly wrote:

    Because we can.  We must…. Japan had been hit by a massive 8.9 earthquake. Over the next few days, I watched as the country was hit by one disaster after another.  My heart broke a little each time I saw the images of death and destruction, of kids being scanned for signs of radiation, of rescue workers searching for the bodies of victims, of survivors trying desperately to find their loved ones.  I sent up a silent prayer each time, but I wanted to do more…. I bake almost every week, and I know so do hundreds of passionate food lovers all over Toronto. If we all put our efforts together, can we make a difference? I really believe we can.

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